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Seneca School Board approves eye in the sky program
Seneca School District

SENECA - The Seneca School Board approved the placement of a camera in the school gym to facilitate the Eye in the Sky program.

Eye in the Sky allows for the paid broadcast of games and other events held in the school gymnasium. Anyone wishing to view a game or another event taking place in the gym can do so by paying $4.95 for an Eye in the Sky broadcast, Seneca School District Administrator Dave Boland told the board at their last meeting held on Monday Nov. 19.

Coaches and school staff can view Eye in the Sky broadcasts at no charge.

Boland told the board that he has watched games on the fixed camera Eye in the Sky, when he has been scouting other basketball teams. The district administrator, who also coaches the varsity boys basketball team, indicated he was favorably impressed with Eye in the Sky broadcasts.

Boland also noted that the host school of any Eye in the Sky broadcast receives a portion of all the money collected to view the game.

The district administrator told the board that Eye in the Sky would also broadcast things like the holiday concerts, graduations or other events held in the gym.

The board had a few questions for Boland, but was overwhelmingly in favor of participating in Eye and the Sky and voted to begin the program as soon as possible.

Under the district administrator’s report, Boland discussed replacing the school’s oldest Chrysler van in the district’s fleet. It has 160,000 miles on it. He noted that the school is getting increased transportation aid from the state and could spend it on upgrading the van.

Boland told the board that having coaches drive two vans instead of taking a bus to an athletic event results in savings to the school district.

The board authorized the administration to get some offers from local dealerships on appropriate vehicles.

In other business, the Seneca School board: 

• approved a senior class trip to St. Louis in the spring

• learned that a firm called Telecom Fitness had found $6,700 in savings when they identified that Century Link didn’t disconnect a unwanted connection that was costing the school $500 per month–as per the agreement the company gets half of the $6,700 savings for a year and the district gets half the savings for the year and all of it going forward after that

• approved giving the Seneca Area School District Monthly Recognition Award to the Seneca Fire Department for all that they do for the school from help with the homecoming bonfire to educational events about fire safety

Following a closed session, the board reconvened in open sessionand
named Hannah Whiteaker middle school cheer advisor. The board also approved a three-hour per day position in the lunch service department for four days per week.